Last week I placed an order for a new Oliver Legacy Elite II.
You can see details and pictures here: Oliver Travel Trailers
Think Casista/Scamp/Eggtrailer, but a premium class like Airstream. It's small, around 23 feet.
I've been using a large 5th wheel trailer as lodgings for my work out of town. It's just too big, plus has been nothing but endless problems because of the poor quality you get with mass produced trailers. I want something smaller and built like a tank. Hopefully, this new trailer will carry me 10 years until retirement. I got it equipped for some boondocking and adventuring until then.
Admittedly, this is not everyone's cup of tea. It's small and has a wet bath arrangement. No slideouts. No gas oven. But for just me, I think it will be fine. Not my first small trailer, that is for sure. They are expensive (but less than an Airstream). They are built to order.
So here are the options I'm getting:
Fiber Granite countertops - like a corian - you get to pic your color. You also get to choose your upholstery and awning fabrics too.
Twin bed layout. One bed with upgraded mattress, one used as sofa.
Solar setup - 320 watt panels, controller, transfer switch, Four 6v AGM batteries 400 ah.
Xantrax 2000 watt inverter
Front cap mounted generator hookup w/ transfer switch
Cellular Signal Booster
King TV powered TV antenna (normally they supply King Dome, but I'm having a TV antenna fitted instead)
30 lb twin propane tanks
Additional interior lights
Additional street side awning
Arctic insulation package (this will be their first trailer with this option - essentially an additional heat pipe to plumbing area, plus additional insulation in the upper hull)
The pros to this trailer, I think are:
Double wall all fiberglass construction - no wood. Built very similar to a boat.
All aluminum chassis - 7000 capacity
16" aluminum wheels - mounted with truck tires, not trailer tires.
Leaf springs with 4 shocks.
Fully enclosed tanks and piping - not a belly pan - these items are between the hulls. They say all tanks and interior items can be removed without cutting anything.
All marine fittings - stainless steel
True double pane windows
All cabinets, bulkheads are molded into the interior hull, not bolted on.
Heavy for a 22' trailer - 4200 lbs dry. OK as I have 2500HD.
Small company, limited production (this cuts both ways, I guess).
Have to wait until February to get it.
Wet bath arrangement.
So there you go. I thought long and hard about getting an Airstream. My primary concerns were durability and winter serviceability. I just felt that the Airstream would probably hold up, but I couldn't keep it perfect looking and that would drive me crazy. And there were too many stories I read about them being cold in winter weather. These Oliver Trailers are touted as "lifetime" trailers. I hope so.